The absence of Josh Norman isn’t going to impair the focus of Denver Broncos wide receivers Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders as they prepare to take on the Carolina Panthers.
Thomas and Sanders realize that Carolina is without an All-Pro cornerback but the two wideouts believe the Panthers’ youngsters at corner are ready to make a name for themselves.
“I don’t take anyone lightly. Sometimes the young guys are the ones that are out trying to prove themselves. They’re trying to make a name for themselves,” Sanders said, per The Denver Post. “Those guys are probably over there thinking like: ‘Man, I’m facing Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas. This is my opportunity to go out and show the league. Hey, take me seriously.’
“I’m going to treat them like they’re Darrelle Revis and Richard Sherman. I’m going to go out and try to ball and get as many plays as I can.”
The Panthers will start two rookie cornerbacks in James Bradberry and Daryl Worley.
Carolina selected Bradberry in the second-round pick out of Samford and Worley was picked in the third-round from West Virginia.
“They are going to put them in good positions,” Thomas said of the two corners. “They are going to be able to make plays and have help underneath.”
Regardless of what Sanders and Thomas say, the Panthers’ rookie duo will be faced will a tall task in Week 1 and throughout the season. Carolina’s front seven should ease some their growing pains. Nevertheless, Bradberry and Worley will be tested often in 2016.